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Over Fonda Vela Hotel
Natuur is waar het hier om gaat. Het hotel is gelegen in het regenwoud, waar het verfrissende klimaat ervoor zorgt dat men het er "eeuwig lente" noemt. Het hotel is gebouwd met de natuur in het achterhoofd. Zo laten de grote ramen in de kamers de natuur naar binnen komen en zorgt de 1400 m hoogte voor een prachtig uitzicht. In de omgeving zijn natuurpaden te vinden waar je mooie vogels tegen kunt komen en het beroemde Monteverde Cloud Forest Reserve ligt op 2 kilometer afstand.
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Televisie, telefoon, minibar, koffiezetfaciliteiten en badkamer met bad.
De accommodatie is gelegen op een heuvel in een groene omgeving en het centrum van het Monteverde Cloud Forest bevindt zich op circa twee kilometer afstand.
• 2 Restaurants
• 2 Jacuzzi's
• Diverse tours
Een bezoek aan het Monteverde Nevelwoud is als een sprookje. Het bos wordt dan ook wel ‘het sprookjesbos van Costa Rica’ genoemd. De geheimzinnige mist die altijd in dit woud hangt, zorgt voor een mysterieuze sfeer.
"Old and Smelly"
This place was chosen for us by our tour company GoToCostaRica.com ... When they recommended, I double checked on the Internet, and the reviews and photos were good. But here's the truth, the photos were either taken a long time ago or were 'for advertising only'. In America, we call that false advertising. The staff was kind and helpful. When we asked for a king size bed, they upgraded is to a suite at no extra charge. We did visit off season, but we thought it was very nice. The room was very large with a king and a queen sized bed, plus a seating area, an armoire, large vanity, large dresser, 3 nightstand a and a large desk ... But the bed, drapes and linens are old and musty. The water pressure in the shower almost knocked me over and it was good and hot but the shower tile was also old and didn't look that clean. The hotel is next the the cheese factory and you can't get any closer to the park but the rest of the town ... Shops, bars, restaurants, coffee shops and tours and are a long way away. Too far in my opinion. Breakfast was included and it was a typical Costa Rican breakfast buffet. We were also a bit su prized that there was no mini bar. Not even a bottle of water. We would have purchased beverages and snacks but none were offered. We ALWAYS stay where there is wifi when traveling international, it's a MUST HAVE in our room ... And you guessed it, no wifi in the rooms. They said that lighting struck and took out the wifi. So we had to go to the lobby (which we were uncomfortable doing after dark because it was a 6-7 minute walk to the lobby from our room). As I mentioned in the beginning, the staff was very nice to us but we would not stay here again, nor can I recommend it to you for all the reasons mentioned above , unless you really want to be close to the park, but still not close enough to walk, or you want to rough it in what's supposed to be a 'superior' hotel. And that's the truth.
We started our CR holiday in Monteverde. We have been to CR many times and have stayed in all sorts of hotels. I wanted one close to the reserve and not close to town. This was the perfect location. We were told there was no internet because of a storm. We didnt have internet for the whole two nights we were there. We had a very nice breakfast and dinner at the restaurant. the hotel seemed quiet so we were given a "junior suite" wand the room was gorgeous with beautiful wood floors and wood ceiling. We had a sitting area with large windows overlooking a very nice garden. We were able to open windows at night and hear the rain. The very large room was so comfortable we didnt want to leave. We used the pool and jacuzzi which was nice. Room was quiet and grounds lush with rainforest plants. I would return.
"Satisfactory room, subpar service. I'd spend more elsewhere"
Currently staying here. Save your money and time by staying somewhere closer to town. This is off the beaten path; it takes 15 minutes and a cab ride that might break one of your bones to get back to the accommodation because there are no paved roads leading to the hotel. The hotel staff had a few good apples - great service at the restaurant and a mostly helpful front desk staff. However, were here during rainy season so there are possibly two guests total. They seem to think that facilities need not run during this time because no lights, music, or working amenities exist, When we asked for lights and the jacuzzi to be turned on, they had us wait an hour for no one to arrive to turn them on. When we confronted the front desk, they laughed and stated that they forgot, notwithstanding three reminders to different hotel staff. I highly understand that the culture and lifestyle here are laid back, but this hotel is not worth the trip out of town. I would pay more for less appealing accommodations closer to town where staff is attentive and not flippant.
"No hot water. Hotel employee laughed when we complained!"
My family and I were there in August of 2016. The rooms were very musty. I understand, we are in the rainforest during rainy season, so I could let that go. However, the bedding was dirty and a gross gold color that looked as though it was from 1970s. The first thing we did was eat at the restaurant. The waitress clearly wanted to be ANYWHERE except assisting us. Then back to the room and tried to take a shower. No hot water. We were told that it was due to the fact all of the hot water had been used up by the others and in 30 minutes or so the tank would refill with hot water. So, we went on a hike and when we returned at 9:00 pm, I tried again. Again, no hot water. I called the front desk. A person answered and told me he would call back in 5 minutes. Never called back. The next day we were leaving. My father again told the front desk no hot water. THEY LAUGHED about it. They either didn't realize or didn't care that I was with him (my father), because I watched them as the front desk sent two guys out "to look into it." They walked about 20 feet towards the direction of the cottage/room, and then huddled and laughed and returned to the front desk. Stay away from this place. It was a bad experience and we aren't a high maintenance group. We can understand if the hot water is used up and we need to wait, but to laugh at us? Oh - it gets better. When our travel agent looked into it - they told her that we didn't have electricity and that's why we didn't have hot water. Well guys - you specifically told us the electrical all checked out, so that is why it had to be the tank of hot water was empty. Complete and total lack of accountability. I don't know who owns that place, but they should fire the entire staff and start over. What a joke.
"Quiet, Relaxing Hotel Good Food and Nice View"
Close to the Cloud Forest Park, this older hotel reminded me of going to camp as a kid, but with all the luxuries I'd ever want from a hotel. About 15 minutes away from Santa Elena, down the gravel 'Monteverde Highway' on the road to the Monteverde Cloud Forest Park, this hotel has everything we wanted to relax after time in the city. Our room in the 10-unit lodge was spacious, with floor-to-ceiling windows looking to the west. Comfy king-sized bed and a queen, big TV, spacious bathroom with extras like a new make-up mirror that my wife appreciated. There were seven pieces of art by a local expat and shiny wood floors and tongue and groove wood ceilings gave it the look and feel of a lodge but this was not roughing it at all. We ate at the restaurant every meal and enjoyed them all. The steak was excellent ($27), quesadilla ($12), fettuccine ($18) and chicken dishes plus a sizable and fresh breakfast buffet (included in our package purchased through Trip Advisor and Booking.com) were all excellent, served quickly and gave us no motivation to take a taxi to anywhere else. The wait staff was super friendly and gave us lots of time for 'sobremesa' or talking afterward. The Hotel Fonda Vela (Hotel Sail Inn) is 35+ rooms in four lodges with short well-lit paths through the forest to get to the restaurant(s) and outdoor (but covered) pool with two large jacuzzis. The grounds are well maintained and being near the cloud forest meant we heard all kinds of birds, saw butterflies and even spotted an Agouti, the large guinea pig with longer legs. Perfect blend of outdoor beauty and indoor luxuries. The pool and hot tub facility had large entire lower level locker rooms, a billiard table and ping pong table. We had the place to ourselves both days we went there. Couple of items to note: As with all the facilities in the area, there is no AC (nor heat in this case) but we were comfortable the whole time. A light fleece was nice in the evening. Without in-room mechanized air circulation, we noticed the need to open windows when we arrived to freshen up the air. Just a couple of things kept this from an excellent rating on this visit: the jacuzzi jets never worked, even when we were told someone would have to turn them on for us. We stayed in a first floor room with a family of four right above us, so we heard a lot of noise from the children. One morning one of us had a cold shower. The wifi was sporadic, and during a rain storm, we lost the satellite TV signal. Minor things when you're on the side of a mountain. One suggestion that could put HFV into another category would be free shuttle service to/from Santa Elena. We used the public bus from the airport and taking a taxi from Santa Elena cost us $7 to get there and $10 to get back. For what we paid for the room, a complimentary hotel-run shuttle would be a nice touch and something we've come to expect from hotels in this price range. Even with the small issues, I recommend Hotel Fonda Vela for a quiet and relaxing time in the Monteverde area.
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